(DETROIT) - The Detroit Lions had good reason to give thanks
as they sat down to dinner following their 48-24 Turkey Day
victory over the Green Bay Packers on a slippery field at wind-
swept Briggs Stadium. The final result, accomplished before
39,101 chilled spectators, naturally was the big source of joy
to the Lions, for it moved them into temporary possession of
first place in the sizzling National Conference race. But without
a series of kindly assists by the opposition, the verdict
conceivably could have gone the other way. Five times the
Packers fumbled, and each time the Lions recovered. Three of
those bobbles were particularly damaging, for each was turned
into an enemy touchdown. Another flub cut off a possible
additional marker for Green Bay.
Tempting those roaring Lions with a fumble diet snapped the
Packers' four game winning streak and dropped them to fourth
place in the title scramble, a half game behind the Rans and
49ers and a full game behind Thursday's winners. It was pretty
much a personal triumph for Bobby Layne, who undoubtedly
had the greatest day of his career. Bobby completed 16 passes
in 30 tries for 249 yards, three of them for touchdowns, and
picked up 63 more on 13 runs from scrimmage, most of them
on keeper plays. That gave him 312 yards, which means he
accounted for all but 82 of Detroit's final total. Bob
Hoernschemeyer and Jim Hardy pitched a touchdown strike
apiece. Cloyce Box caught three of the TD flips - from 32, five
and three yards out. Giant Leon Hart fielded two in the end
zone on plays starting nine and six yards from the Packer goal
line. The day's only marker on the ground came on Pat
Harder's one-foot plunge. Pat also booted five conversions in as
many attempts and clicked on two out of three field goal
attempts - both from the 26-yard line. That gave the ex-
Wisconsin start 17 points, only one less than the sticky-
fingered Cloyce. Hardy kicked the last extra point, with Harder
Tobin Rote and the incomparable Billy Howton collaborated on
the Packers' three touchdowns - first from six yards, then for
four and finally for 54. Bill Reichardt's 44-yard field goal and
Fred Cone's three conversions rounded out Green Bay's
scoring. The Packers, despite the costly flubs, were very much
in the ball game until the final quarter, which opened with the
scoreboard showing 31-24 for the home club. Then came the
17 point deluge to sew up the Lions' second win of the season
over the Cinderella Boys from Wisconsin, who were beaten,
52-17, on their home field. It was 3-3 at the end of the first
quarter as Reichardt matched Hardy's early field goal. The
Lions went ahead on Layne's five-yard pass to Box, climaxing
an eight-play, 76-yard drive, and boosted the margin to 17-3 on
Layne's nifty to Hart for nine yards. This was the first real gift,
Rote having dropped the ball on an intended pass play. The
Lions recovered on the nine. The Packers bounced back into
contention at 17-10 as Rote and Howton clicked from the six.
Rote's own 26-yard dash when rushed and his 31-yard toss to
Howton, who made a dazzling catch, set up the opportunity.
Bobby Jack Floyd's bobble gave the Lions position for the Layne to Box 32-yard scoring effort to increase Detroit's advantage to 24-10. Once again the Packers stormed back. Babe Parilli hit Bobby Mann, who made one of the season's great grabs at the Lion 24 for a 41-yard gain. Mann managed to beat two defenders to the ball. The Kentucky Babe then flipped a screen pass to Breezy Reid, who reversed his field beautifully for 22 yards. Two running plays lost two. So Rote uncorked a quickie to Howton for the score and an encouraging halftime deficit of only 24-17. Except for another fumble - this one more on the excusable side - the Ronzanimen might have tied it up in the last minute of the half after Marvin Johnson intercepted a Layne pass on Detroit's 33. Parilli immediately sailed one to Howton, who clutched the ball nicely again. But the slippery leather popped out of Bill's hands as he tried to whirl away toward the end zone on the Lions' 17. As you might expect, the Lions recovered. And they still had time for three more plays before time ran out. So there's no telling what would have happened if the ball hadn't gotten away from Howton. It was even-steven again in the third quarter. The Lions clicked on a 71-yard drive following the kickoff. Hoerhschemeyer took a lateral from Layne and whipped the ball into Box's hands in the end zone for the last three yards. Ace Loomis' interception on Green Bay's 46 set the stage for the counter punch. And a nifty punch it was, Howton breaking into the clear on Detroit's 25 as Rote let go with a long one. Bill took the ball in stride and ran the rest of the way without argument. But all hopes of victory went down the sewer in that final period. The Packers just couldn't get out of the hole as the Lions put on terrific pressure. Harder's second field goal started things off nicely for the home boys. Parilli's short punt, which went out on Green Bay's 25, paved the way for Pat's touchdown. And, finally, came another superfluous final scoring pitch, Hardy to Hart, following the Packers' fifth and final fumble.
GREEN BAY -  3 14  7  0 - 24
DETROIT   -  3 21  7 17 - 48
1st - DET - Pat Harder, 26-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
1st - GB - Reichardt, 37-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - DET - Cloyce Box, 5-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Harder kick) DET 10-3
2nd - DET - Leon Hart, 9-yard pass from Layne (Harder kick) DETROIT 17-3
2nd - GB - Howton, 6-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) DETROIT 17-10
2nd - DET - Box, 32-yard pass from Layne (Harder kick) DETROIT 24-10
2nd - GB - Howton, 4-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) DETROIT 24-17
3rd - DET - Box, 3-yard pass from Hoernschemeyer (Harder kick) DETROIT 31-17
3rd - GB - Howton, 54-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) DETROIT 31-24
4th - DET - Harder, 26-yard field goal DETROIT 34-24
4th - DET - Harder, 1-yard run (Harder kick) DETROIT 41-24
4th - DET - Hart, 6-yard pass from Jim Hardy (Harder kick) DETROIT 48-24
NOVEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers will have to get along without
Fred Cone, their speedy fullback and place kicking specialist, in the two
remaining games at Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cone was carried off
the field at Detroit Thursday with a badly twisted knee and thigh injury. He
returned with the squad immediately after the game, but was hobbling
around on crutches Friday. Coach Gene Ronzani and his Cinderella boys,
disappointed but with spirits again reviving, will leave early Saturday
morning for Los Angeles, where they will battle the red-hot Rams a week
from Sunday. They will arrive in L.A. Monday morning and plan to resume
practice immediately. They will be quartered at the Hollywood Roosevelt
Hotel. Except for Cone, the Bays came out of the bruising battle with the
Lions without serious injury. All will be ready for the crucial windup series
on the Coast against the Rams and 49ers.
NOVEMBER 30 (Baltimore) - William MacMillan, counsel for the defunct
Baltimore Colts, said Sunday the team "definitely will return to the NFL."
Bert Bell, league commissioner, earlier had admitted negotiations were
underway between league officials and a group of prospective club owners
in Baltimore for a franchise but insisted "no agreement has been reached.
"Bell's statement was in reply to stories published in Baltimore Sunday that the league chief would announce in a few days that the Dallas Texans' franchise would be shifted here. MacMillan did not disclose details and did not specify that the homeless Dallas Texans would be the team which would operate in Baltimore, but it was assumed by sportswriters of the city that he was referring to the Texas team. He said some details remained to be worked out but that the principal barriers have been overcome. The Colts lawyers said a plan had been drawn up between the league and the Colts and has been approved by George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, who has claimed Baltimore as his territory.
DECEMBER 2 (Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Rams may be without the services of their brilliant rookie end, Bob Carey, for Sunday's game at Los Angeles with the Green Bay Packers. The former Michigan State star suffered a badly sprained neck in last Sunday's game with the 49ers.
DECEMBER 3 (Philadelphia) - Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers strengthened his hold as the NFL's leading passer, despite the Packers' defeat by the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day, the latest averages released Wednesday revealed. Rote boosted his average gain per pass from 8.54 yards to 8.86. He has completed 64 out of 120 for 1,063 yards. His completions include 12 touchdown passes. Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams remained in second place, but his average gain dropped from 8.23 yards to 7.94. Babe Parilli, the other half of the Packer throwing team, slipped from third place to fourth. Parilli has completed 58 out of 136 attempts for 1,005 yards. Bill Howton, Packer end, gained in two divisions. He moved from eight in pass receiving to a tie for fifth with 39 receptions for 869 yards and 11 touchdowns and from sixth to fourth in scoring with 66 points. Gordon Soltau, San Francisco 49er end, leads in scoring with 81 points and Mac Speedie of Cleveland in pass receiving with 55 for 849 yards. Fred Cone, Packer fullback who was injured in the Detroit game, dropped from fifth to 10th in scoring. He has 53 points. Parilli remained in 10th place in punting with a 40.5 yard average. Horace Gillem of Cleveland leads with 46.7. Billy Grimes clung to 10th place among punt return leaders with a 9.9 yard average. Woodley Lewis of the Rams sets the pace with a 19.9 average. Other leaders include Dan Towler of the Rams in ground gaining with 792 yards; Lynn Chadnois of the Pittsburgh Steelers in kickoff returns with a 36.1 yard average, and Herb Rich and Dick Lane of Los Angeles and Tom Keane of the Texans in pass interceptions with eight apiece.
Detroit Lions (7-3) 48, Green Bay Packers (6-4) 24
Thursday November 28th 1952 (at Detroit)
DECEMBER 3 (Baltimore) - The NFL hung a steep price on a franchise for Baltimore Wednesday. Bert Bell, league commissioner, offered to restore pro football here if fans will buy $250,000 worth of season tickets within six weeks. When that's done, Bell said, Baltimore will have a franchise after a two year lapse. "I don't have an owner now," he said, "but I guarantee you will have one. The reason I don't have one is I'm not going to make any agreement with an owner who is not going to operate the franchise as a business, 365 days a year." He said he had "two or three" in mind. Players would be those not on the Dallas Texans roster. Baltimore had a franchise for three years in the All-America Conference and then lasted one year in the NFL, when the two were consolidated in 1950. Some among Baltimore's sports element felt 15,000 advance sale was impossibly high. Bell admitted only two teams in the league, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, had been able to see 15,000 or more tickets in advance this season. The selling is to be directed by 12 directors of the board of the old Baltimore Colts. It was felt also that it is going to be hard to "sell" the Baltimore fans on the Texans as a team. The Texans have won only one out of 10 games.
DECEMBER 4 (Baltimore) - Baltimore, which seeks a franchise in the NFL, was offered a ready-made team (the Dallas Texans) Wednesday, but at a price. Bert Bell, league commissioner, offered to restore professional football here if the fans would buy $250,000 worth of season tickets within six weeks. If that is
done, Bell said, Baltimore will have a franchise again after a two year lapse and then he will find an owner for it. "I don't have an owner now," he told a news conference, "but I guarantee you will have one. The reason I don't have one is because I'm not going to make any agreement with an owner who is not going to operate the franchise as a business, 365 yards a ​day." He had he "two or three" in mind. The deadline for sale of 15,000 season tickets is January 22, when the annual league meeting will be held. The Texans' franchise was forfeited after being transferred this year to Dallas from the New York Yankees. Baltimore had a franchise three years in the All-America Conference and one year in the NFL after the two were consolidated in 1950.
DECEMBER 5 (Los Angeles) - The Los Angeles Rams will tote a string of eight straight victories over Green Bay into their Sunday clash with the Packers as the two teams battle to stay in contention for the National Conference lead. The Rams, currently deadlocked with Detroit atop the conference standings with 7-3 records, are favored to clip the Wisconsin club which last beat the Coast team in 1948. A win is a must for the Packers, however, if they are to remain in the standings' upper bracket. The Packers will be without the services of fullback Fred Cone, place-kicking specialist, who was injured Thanksgiving Day against Detroit and did not even make the trip west. He will be replaced on the 33-man roster by Lindell Pearson, a defensive halfback picked up from Detroit, with rookies Bobby Jack Floyd and Bill Reichardt handling the offensive chores. The Packers, drilling here daily for the past week, will have a revenge motive in the clash. In their first meeting of the year, at Milwaukee, Green Bay held a 28-6 lead with three minutes gone of the fourth quarter, but the Rams wiped it out with a terrific rally to win, 30-28. Green Bay will remain on the coast to wind up the season next week at San Francisco.
DECEMBER 6 (Los Angeles) - If ever a football team had a right to seek revenge, it's the Green Bay Packers, who clash with the red hot Los Angeles Rams here Sunday afternoon. The game starts at 4 o'clock Wisconsin time and will broadcast over the Wisconsin network with WEMP as the Milwaukee outlet. It was back in Milwaukee on October 12, that the Packers fell victim to one of the miracle rallies of all time. They were leading the Rams 28-6 going into the fourth quarter. By game's end the Rams were ahead 30-28. But fot that unbelievable turnabout, the Packers would be tied with the Lions for the National Conference lead instead of the Rams. As things stand, the Rams and Lions are deadlocked, each with seven wins and three defeats. Green Bay and San Francisco are just a game off the top, with two games to go. So it goes without saying this is a must for coach Gene Ronzani's boys, who have practiced here all week and are fired up by a flood of telegrams from the home folks in Green Bay. The Bays will be without the services of Fred Cone, who was injured Thanksgiving Day at Detroit. Taking the place of the hard running fullback and place kicking specialist will be Bobby Jack Floyd and Bill Reichardt. Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, who will match passes with Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield, and brilliant pass catcher Bill Howton are the Packers' main offensive hopes as they try to halt the Rams' six-game winning streak. The Lions will try to sew up a piece of the National Conference crown in a return meeting with the well-scrambled Bears at Detroit - a game that shares Sunday's spotlight with the Rams-Packers and Cleveland-Cardinals. The Browns, leading the American section, can clinch at least a tie by knocking off the Cardinals at Chicago or the flag outright, should the current runners-up Giants and Eagles both lose. The injury-riddled Giants entertain Washington while the Eagles play host to the orphan Texans, who scored win No. 1 at the expense of the Bears Thanksgiving Day. San Francisco, which cooled off after a blistering start, will be at home to the bristling Pittsburgh Steelers. The 49ers must win in order to retain even the slightest chance of horning in the championship picture.